General Podiatry is the assessment and maintenance of the skin and nails of the foot and ankle. These conditions can affect children or adults of any age and may be painful or asymptomatic.
Conditions of the skin that are managed at Sure Step Podiatry include Athletes foot, blisters, corns and calluses, cracked heels and warts. Athletes foot is a skin condition caused by a fungal infection and can present on any part of the foot including in between the toes. Fungal infection usually present with redness and itching and scaly skin but can also present as fluid filled blisters. Treatment will depend on the area affected. It will always include particular attention to foot hygiene. Warts, also known as verruca are caused by a skin virus. Warts can present on the plantar surface of the foot and can be very painful. The most common treatment for warts at Sure Step Podiatry is the use of gentle debridement and the use Salycilic acid packing. This is slow but generally pain free treatment minimising the risk of scarring, which can cause problems in the future. Corns, callouses, blistering and cracking usually occur due to excessive pressure or friction on your feet or possibly previous scarring. These areas can be a debilitating cause of foot pain and many of the conditions can be relieved with a short and painless treatment. Footwear can play a very important role in these conditions and at Sure Step Podiatry we will address your footwear as part of your management.
Conditions affecting the nails include thickened nails, splitting nails, painful ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections. Thickened toenails are usually associated with previous trauma or infection and can be managed easily with regular treatment. Painful ingrown nails can be treated with a once off treatment or chronic conditions may require a Partial Nail Avulsion procedure for permanent resolution. (see our Nail Surgery section for a detailed description of what Nail Surgery involves). Ingrown toenails are a common occurrence in children and may be associated with ill fitting shoes or inappropriate toenail picking and cutting. Footwear assessment is an essential component of you or your Children’s assessment at Sure Step Podiatry.
With an appropriate assessment your podiatrist will formulate a treatment regime suited to your general podiatry needs. A one off treatment may be all that you require or regular treatments may suggested to prevent many of these painful conditions from reoccurring or worsening.Contact Us Today